economy just starting to rebound, drivers, also known as voters, complaining about gas prices, there may be political pressure. are we using this as a football? >> it was from the start. >> reporter: this man started president clinton's release back in 2000, shortly before an election and con clupded politics drove the decision and there was no proof the release actually lowered gas prices. president obama could receive similar criticism if he opens the reserve now. >> this decision would be, i think, have some, a bad odor to it, and so he's probably weighing whether the politics will go north or south and we'll see. >> reporter: as a candidate, mr. obama was not adverse to releasing some of those oil reserves back in 2008. and while he is now considering the move, it doesn't seem that way two weeks ago when he said, quote, we actually think we'll be able to ride out the libya situation and that it will stabilize.